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Copy Problem from one drive to another

Hi there,
I run Windows 7 on all my machines. I have an external 3T WD drive on which my movies are stored. I can playback all of my movies from any of my pc's using various media players and they play fine but I cannot transfer many of them off the external drive to any of my pc's or to another drive. Why?
This problem exists mainly where I have multiple episodes of TV series that I want to copy. I get a message "can't read from the source". But why does it playback ok?
Regards Reggie
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    DJ Reggie said:
    Hi there,
    I run Windows 7 on all my machines. I have an external 3T WD drive on which my movies are stored. I can playback all of my movies from any of my pc's using various media players and they play fine but I cannot transfer many of them off the external drive to any of my pc's or to another drive. Why?
    This problem exists mainly where I have multiple episodes of TV series that I want to copy. I get a message "can't read from the source". But why does it playback ok?
    Regards Reggie


    Try running chkdsk or copying the files to another place in the external drive before copying them to the internal hard drive. Is it USB, eSATA or what interface? If it is USB try plugging it in the back of the pc not in the front, and if it is SATA try plugging it directly to the motherboard as if it were an internal disk.
  2. Thanks for your reply.
    Its a USB 2 external 3.5" drive that can only connect via USB and has its own power supply. I do connect to the rear USB ports of my machine. I've run a disk check a few times. Still no joy. The "stand alone" movie files seem to copy fine. Its only episodes of TV series that are stored in folders that don't seem to want to copy but all the files within the folders play fine from any pc. I've checked the permissions etc and there's nothing wrong there. Haven't yet tried to copy onto the same drive tho. Will give that a try.
    Thanks again. Much obliged.
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